- Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
CRITIC SCORE
74
Based on 34 reviews
2014 Rank: #261 / 827
USER SCORE
76
Based on
184 ratings

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90
musicOMH

It’ll take some time to get to grips with, and requires input – this isn’t a passive album – but you reap what you sow, and if you take enough time with Everyday Robots, you’ll be rewarded with a dazzling LP that’ll lodge itself in your mind from now until your last breath.

90
Exclaim!

Everyday Robots is a graceful and beguiling album from an artist that continues to explore, mature and surprise us with each release.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Poetics aside, Everyday Robots is an album of very carefully orchestrated chaos, a live congress of organic and synthetic textures; the instrumentation seems at once to be incidental and micro-managed, carefully situated in its utter formlessness.

80
DIY

Though ‘Everyday Robots’ may well be exactly the album that has so long been expected, it’s that which makes it all the more effective. 

80
AllMusic

Russell assists Albarn in shaping Everyday Robots into a quiet, contemplative extended meditation on modernity and the past, a record that seems personal but stops just short of confessional. 

80
PopMatters

When he’s not scoring a musical or utilizing the talents of supergroup members, Albarn knows how to compartmentalize his numerous strengths and quietly make a marvel. 

80
NME

The seductive music, with its Bon Iver found-sound creaks and crackles of static, its colliery laments, its gothic calypsos and its full-on Magnetic Fields alt-showtunes invite intimacy and the slow picking away of its layers. Albarn pulls you close and whispers the codes of his life into your ear. 

80
The Skinny

A satisfying, intimate collection from one of the UK's finest songwriters – a promising start to a new phase from an artist clearly revelling in his maturity

80
Under The Radar

After 20 years it seems strange to say, but Damon Albarn may finally have put the ghosts of his Britpop past to rest. 

80
Spin

It is, in fact, the inverse of nearly all of Albarn's previous work: immediate, restrained, even downright painful in parts.

75
Consequence of Sound

As personal as it is, Albarn deftly clouds his songs with opacity, inviting the listener to get lost in its spacious, lush portraits. This far into his career, Albarn’s unparalleled versatility continues to reveal new facets of his ever-morphing personality. 

75
Paste

Ultimately, Everyday Robots just sounds like another great album from one of pop music’s most fearless sonic chameleons.

70
Drowned in Sound

Everyday Robots is a lovely record, and in its lack of duds or whimsical twattery it’s probably one of most consistent things Albarn has ever put his name to. 

70
FACT Magazine

Taken on those terms – as an audio memoir, wending through the terraces of a storied past – Everyday Robots feels pretty satisfying.

70
Pitchfork

Robots is decidedly lowercase music, more a piece of his puzzle than a picture on its own.

70
American Songwriter

Little will reach out and grab you on first listen, but after a few tunes, Albarn entices you to stay for the whole project.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

The album sadly calls to mind a truism of investing: past performance is not an indication of future results.

50
A.V. Club

Everyday Robots disappoints not because it’s underwhelming or sleepy, but rather because it just isn’t Albarn’s best work. 

Jun 29, 2017
CxAylward
72
quite underrated
Apr 3, 2017
aaron
78
Much like most of the Gorillaz discography, there are songs on here that will stay with you forever, while the rest is too haphazard to even remember the name of.
Jan 11, 2017
zaxapitsa
NR
Just fine.
Feb 20, 2015
75
while it wasn't a bad album at all, i can't say it was his best work either.
but the effort put into this record is noticable, from any angle you want to look at it.
Dec 19, 2014
raymon
71
I honestly can't say that this is a bad album. The production is rich for the most part, however, I can't get past the dreariness of it. It feels a bit monotonous and some songs just aren't interesting. Nonentheless I don't consider it a bad effort from Albarn.
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April 28, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner / Label
Richard Russell / Producer
Art Pop, Downtempo / Genres
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# 43 - Amazon
# 8 - MOJO
# 16 - musicOMH
# 13 - NME
# 3 - Q Magazine
# 32 - Rolling Stone
# 52 - Rough Trade
# 28 - The Guardian
The Line of Best Fit
# 24 - The Telegraph
# 2 - Time Out London
# 8 - Uncut
# 79 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Everyday Robots
  2. Hostiles
  3. Lonely Press Play
  4. Mr Tembo
  5. Parakeet
  6. The Selfish Giant
  7. You and Me
  8. Hollow Ponds
  9. Seven High
  10. Photographs (You Are Taking Now)
  11. The History Of A Cheating Heart
  12. Heavy Seas Of Love


Added on: January 19, 2014